West Ham United to increase security ahead of Southampton game

There will be police standing guard at the London Stadium for West Ham’s game on Saturday and more stewards as the club attempts to prevent the disorder that marred the previous game there.

Details of the additional security measures for Southampton’s visit were released on Thursday and will cost around £60,000, but the fee will be covered by the taxpayer under the deal agreed with West Ham before they moved to the stadium in 2016.

The stewards will be in the stands and at pitch-side following a series of pitch invasions during West Ham’s home defeat by Burnley this month.

Additionally, free flow around the stadium will be reduced in response to events at that game, which included supporters gathering below the directors’ box to protest and, in some cases, throwing missiles.

The Hammers has also announced their intentions to place a security barrier near the directors’ box to stop fans from getting too close, after David Sullivan was struck on his glasses by a coin and he and his co-owner David Gold left their seats early for their own safety.

The security plan reinforcements were agreed by the Safety Advisory Group, which features West Ham, the Metropolitan police, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the stadium operators, LS185.

Almost 20 West Ham fans have been issued with lifetime bans for invading the pitch or throwing missiles during the match against Burnley.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has also appealed to supporters for unity on Saturday at a game of paramount importance in the battle to stay in the Premier League. West Ham are one place, and three points, above the relegation zone and Southampton are the team immediately below them.

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